Happy New Year from the St. Regis Park Tree Board!
We just have to say it: November and December were not good months for our tree canopy. The early ice storm cost us lots of branches and even whole trees, including some city-planted ones. While that was disturbing, we know natural events will happen. What is more troubling was the removal of a few healthy trees. We hope to turn the page on the last part of 2018 and move on! In the February newsletter, we hope to publish some slightly revised procedures that will help us help you care for your valuable trees, but meanwhile, here are a few reminders:
If you have emergency tree damage from storms or for any reason, please take pictures immediately. Even if you must call a tree service right away, we need to see what the damage was, if we are to help with maintenance reimbursement. Then fill out the maintenance form and send it to us, so we know what you are doing. As long as you use a tree services that is bonded, insured, and has an arborist on staff, you may go ahead with the work, then send us your pictures and invoice for standard partial reimbursement. Here is a list of qualified professionals that our residents have worked with:
Limbwalker Tree Service
Bob Ray Company
Greenhaven Tree Care
Tree Care of Louisville
Phelps Tree Service
Abundant Tree Care Services
Danka Tree Service
Blankenship Tree Service
Please think twice, then think again about removing a healthy tree. Obviously the city is not going to reimburse you for the removal of healthy trees, but it is also not in your best financial or health interest to remove any healthy tree. Each mature tree you remove from your property costs you significant dollars in energy savings you were receiving, and may take hundreds to thousands off the re-sale value of your home. If you are frustrated by a tree for any reason, contact us to see if there are solutions to the issues that concern you. Thank you so much.
Maintenance requests, other than emergency, are being wrapped up for the year, and will resume in the Spring, when trees can be evaluated better.
Finally, it is not too early to get on the Spring new tree list. Fill out the form below and send it to email@example.com
Tree Planting Request
As a resident of St. Regis Park, I agree to give the City of St. Regis Park (and its agents) my permission to enter my premises for the purpose of planting trees and release them from liability for same and further agree that any and all future maintenance of any planted tree or trees is my responsibility. I agree to maintain my new tree(s) to the best of my ability using the guidelines provided by the city arborist. [Summary: I will ensure that my tree(s) receive a regular thorough soaking of the soil in the root zone, and that the soil is kept consistently moist (but not wet) until the tree is well established. I will ensure that my tree(s) maintain a healthy 2-3 inch layer of mulch, with a two-three inch non-mulched space around the trunk.]
(Sign below and submit by scan or digital photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to St. Regis Tree Board PO Box 20429 Louisville KY 40250-0429)
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Thank you, and a sincere Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!
Jane, Joe, Cindi, and Mary